God's PurposeBro. David Chancellor
6/27/2004 11:00 AM
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Christ was discussing current events with these. You can live right and still have difficulty. These weren't worse than the others simply because they suffered. We're all the same. We all needed salvation. We were al sinners. Christ was pointing out the common condition, and God's mercy on this common condition. The parable shows the mercy of God. God isn't in a hurry to cut down. He wants to give every one a chance to be spared. He also has an expectation of us. He's merciful to us so that we can have opportunity to fulfill his purpose. God has a purpose for every life. Is our life accomplishing God's purpose? Our existence here requires work, but God didn't intend that work would be our life. His purpose can be accomplished in our work. He can use our daily activities to bring glory to his name. Our interactions with others can bring glory to God. How we live can show forth God. If we live as God intends it can bring God glory. Do we see God's purpose in our lives? Serving God isn't separate from living your life. God wants us to bear fruit in our lives. Rather than cut us down, he gives us what we need to take advantage of opportunities to serve him. God has a purpose more than just the mundane activities of life. There are various ways you can look at anything that happens in life. Sometimes there are times when we can just take what others do to us, and sometimes we have to stand up and let the right be known. We need God's guidance and wisdom for each situation. We have to continually seek God's purpose. Talk to God and find out what he would have you to do.
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Jesus gives the purpose for his life. He did many things, and went many places. He went to weddings, and to dinners, and he paid taxes. He participated in the activities of that time and society, but he still did the will of the Father. This was on his mind all through his life. He knew his life had a purpose. Our purpose in life goes beyond church. It happens every day of the week. Ask yourself if your life is achieving God's purpose. Sometimes what we have to do isn't easy or pleasant. You have to do things at times because they're right, not because they're fun or desirable. Doing right isn't always the popular route. You may have to defend the downtrodden. Be an example of a godly person. We want our lives to accomplish God's will.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen
"Go ye therefore" Take the gospel to others. This applies to our homes, our neighborhoods, and our communities. Christ told them that this was for everyone. It's for all nations. Take the gospel with you wherever you go. See your life as one sent to do God's will. God wants us to see the purpose for our lives. When we're saved, we work to accomplish God's purpose. Do our activities detract from God's purpose? God can change our habits. He can help us to have grace for the obstacles that come our way. He can help us in the hard things as well as in the easy things. God wants us among others, but he wants us to have time alone with him as well. God wants us to interact with others. He wants us to show what a Christ is like. Our lives have a purpose. We need to be careful not to lose sight of that purpose. God wants us to live to bring glory and honor to his name.